New Zealand has enjoyed 100 million years of isolation since it separated from the southern super continent Gondwana, sinking into and rising again from the ocean. This sinking, rising and isolation from other landmasses (Australia is 1300 miles away), protected unusual eco-systems where birds filled all the major niches usually taken by mammals. These eco-systems were radically compromised by colonization and the introduction of new animal species - first from the indigenous Maori some 800 years ago and more recently by European settlers.
This 4 week summer program combines a week of blazing sun, pristine sea, golden sand and exciting water sports in the beautiful Mamanuca Island Resort in Fiji, with three weeks of adventure travel in both the North and South Island of New Zealand. If you’re looking to get stuck into a myriad of different activities, both on land and at sea – this program is most certainly for you!
Try mountain biking, rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding, luging, and various boat trips. This program also includes two awesome volunteer projects, spending time at the coastal Tawharanui Regional Park, and at the Kiwi Birdlife Park down in Queenstown, giving students the opportunity to get stuck in to local conservation and sustainability efforts.
If you’re looking to get stuck into a myriad of different activities, this program is most certainly for you! Try mountain biking, rafting, luging, backpacking and more. You’ll visit glaciers and blowholes on an epic road trip along the West Coast, immerse yourself in Fijian culture, and go rock climbing in Wanaka. Students will experience New Zealand from top to bottom, from the beaches in the north to the “adventure capital of the world” before falling in love with Fiji as they hop from one island to the next.
This 6 week program in New Zealand and Fiji also includes two awesome service-learning projects, spending time at the coastal Tawharanui Regional Park and the stunning Marlborough Sounds, giving students the opportunity to get stuck in to local conservation and sustainability efforts.